Incoming Gov. Laura Kelly said last week that new welfare rules adopted in 2015 have put stress on poor families and resulted in a spike in the number of children in the states foster care system.
We know that it has had a huge impact on our foster care system, and the Legislature needs a chance to discuss that and revise it if they see fit, Kelly said.
Starting in 2011, during the tenure of Gov. Sam Brownback, the state Department for Children and Families began implementing policies making it harder to qualify for public assistance. Those policies were adopted into law in 2015.